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Full Agenda at St. Patrick’s Day Assembly

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In appreciation of all he has done for Blessed Trinity, Archbishop-emeritus John Francis Donoghue was presented with a framed football jersey imprinted with “OO”, representing the year BT opened. Since the assembly fell on St. Patrick’s Day, the school arranged for Irish step dancers, including BT sophomore Alana Bracken, to entertain the Archbishop and the student-body.

After the dancers, new student, junior Ryan Boyle, addressed the crowd telling all about his personal story and faithful journey. Ryan and his family recently moved to the Atlanta area from Connecticut to be closer to the nation-renowned Shepherd Center.

In 2003, when Ryan was only nine years old, he was hit by a truck, spent the next two months in a coma, seven months in the hospital and rehab ,and the last seven years trying to regain all he had lost through physical therapy, prayer and the love of his family.

Ryan was funny and personable, reminding the students that although he may walk a bit different from them and may talk a bit slower, he is just like them. He also stressed to the audience how blessed they all are and how life can change in an instant.

Ryan is now the author of a new book, “When The Lights Go Out; A Boy Given A Second Chance” chronicling his experiences, which will be out possibly this summer. Look for updates at a later time.

(Photo: left to right) Athletic Director Ricky Turner, Archbishop-emeritus John Francis Donoghue, BT Principal Frank Moore.